Winter storm updates: Open thread

Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:33am
Staff reports

3:56 p.m.: The National Weather Service announced that a Winter Storm Warning for the Midstate would remain in effect until noon Saturday. Snow is expected to continue across the northern half of Middle Tennessee, dropping from 4 to 7 inches of snow. Davidson County likely should get smaller amounts, but up to 9 inches of snow is forecast for parts of the Cumberland Plateau.

3 p.m.: American Airlines and subsidiary American Eagle suspended all flights in and out of Nashville because of snow and ice at Nashville International Airport. Airport spokesperson said crews were continuing to plow and clear runways, but dozens of flights had been canceled or delayed prior to Amercian's decision to halt operations Friday.

2:45 p.m.: Hickory Hollow and Cool Springs Galleria malls closed at 2 p.m. Friday because of snow. Rivergate Mall and the Mall at Green Hills planned to follow suit at 3 p.m., though the Green Hills Dillard's reportedly planned to remain open. OpryMills announced in would close mall shops Friday afternoon, but that Dave and Busters, TGI Friday and Bass Pro Shops would keep its regular hours.

Noon: State offices were closed between noon and 2 p.m. for safety reasons, a spokesperson for Gov. Phil Bredesen announced. The governor cited a policy regarding inclement weather states that in instances of extreme inclement weather, the Governor or his designee, in consultation with Safety, Transportation and TEMA, may make the decision to close state offices on a county-by-county basis and the closures should be countywide.

11:57 a.m.: Franklin police and fire departments are working five motor vehicle accidents, some involving injuries. There are three reported crashes on Interstate 65 South — at mile markers 59, 61 and 67. Ice and snow have been reported on I-65.

11:50 a.m.: The Davidson County Clerk's Office will close at 1 p.m. today. 

11:47 a.m.: The Tennessean reports the storm has claimed its first fatality, after two SUVs collided in Hermitage. 

11:15 a.m.: Metro's Office of Emergency Management has just announced a "partial" activation of its Emergency Operations Center in response to the winter storm. Metro Public Works currently has 34 snow trucks running primary routes along local roadways. According to a media release, agencies now active in assisting those affected by the storm are:  OEM, Police, Fire/EMS, Metro Public Health, Public Works, Emergency Communications Center, NES, Information Technology Services, Metro Water Services, Homelessness Commission and General Services. 

11:13 a.m.: The governor's office just announced that all state offices on central time will be closing at noon, while those on eastern time will close at 2 p.m. 

11:11 a.m.: Despite the snowy weather, things are “running smoothly,” according to Metro Police spokesperson Kristin Mumford, with only a few “fender-benders” reported as of 10:45 a.m.

11:07 a.m.: Not only was Friday’s snow the hot topic in Nashville, it caught attention around the world. Around 11 a.m., Nashville became one of the "trending topics" on Twitter, the popular microblogging site. That means "Nashville" was one of the top 10 most-mentioned words by tweeters worldwide.  

11:04 a.m.: According to the Mayor's Office, Metro government is open for business today. The city has a discretionary policy whereby department heads can decide whether to shutter their doors — for their employees' sake. However, essential services — police, fire, EMS — are like the Postal Service: through rain, ice, snow ... you get the drift. They're always up and running. 

10:57 a.m.: Memphis is experiencing power outages here and there, but nothing widespread. That bodes well for Nashville, as the city to our west is often a good portent for weather musings here. Check the NES outages map to see what's happening. If, of course, you have power. 

10:41 a.m.: The Tennessee Department of Transportation is urging motorists to stay off Nashville roads to the extent possible today, saying conditions are expected to slowly worsen as the hours pass. For the department's real-time roadmap, please visit here

10:35 a.m.: Gov. Phil Bredesen has cancelled an appearance today at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the biorefinery in Vonore, citing the inclement weather. 

10:30 a.m.: Nashville International Airport-BNA is operating as normal despite the inclement weather.

Airports officials are encouraging passengers to check the status of their flights with their airline or online before heading to the airport.

Nashville International Airport-BNA provides a real-time flight tracker that lists all arrivals and departures and their status at www.flynashville.com.

 

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